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Jun 21
Western Digital introduces the WD Pro Series

Western Digital has introduced the WD Pro Series: My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage (NAS). They’re designed specifically for the creative community,

The products use the My Cloud mobile app. A new version of the app will be launched with the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series and be compatible with the Adobe Creative Cloud. In addition, both the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series devices are also compatible with the Plex Media Server and My Cloud OS 3 software for editing, streaming and sharing of content.

Using the direct Wi-Fi connection, creators can automatically backup files from compatible cameras, as well as save, edit and transfer work from up to eight other devices connected to the drive. Tethered connections are also available for faster transfers and include a built-in SD card reader as well as a USB 2.0 port.

Available in capacities up to 3TB, the My Passport...

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Jun 21
Apple posts firmware update for AirPort Base Stations

Apple has released firmware updates for its wireless AirPort Base Stations. According to release notes (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206849) it fixes a vulnerability in which a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution.

A memory corruption issue existed in DNS data parsing. This issue was addressed through improved bounds checking, according to Apple.

The firmware update is available for the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11n; AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. You can obtain the update via the AirPort Utility app that’s found in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder on your Mac — or by using Launchpad.

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Jun 21
FotoJet photo tool adds Edit mode

PearlMountain Technology has updated its FotoJet (https://www.fotojet.com/) online photo tool to version 3.5 . The upgrade adds a new Edit mode.

FotoJet is an online collage maker, graphic designer and photo editor. It’s designed to help users create collages, photo  cards, social media graphics, posters and edit photos with ease. And its free.

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Jun 20
VPN Tracker World Connect designed to make Internet connections...

Using public wifi hotspots when you’re on the go with an iPhone, iPad or Mac? equinux VPN Tracker World Connect (www.vpntracker.com/worldconnect) is designed to make any Internet connection secure. Plus, it automatically detects the best VPN destination for your need.

VPN Tracker World Connect allows you to simultaneously connect to your company’s VPN as well as World Connect with its intelligent routing algorithm.
VPN Tracker World Connect for iOS is free to download on the App Store. VPN Tracker for Mac is available for download at www.vpntracker.com. After a free trial period, VPN Tracker Would Connect is available for $49.99 annually for macOS and iOS. All plans include unlimited traffic.

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Jun 20
Addonics announces OS-independent 1U RAID racks

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced  two 1U RAID Rack chassis with removable drive systems for adding and removing 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives.

The new family of products comes bundled with all the connecting cables for attaching to your system. Users can start their RAID Rack with just one drive and expand by adding more drives as their storage requirement grows. Depending on the model, the hard drives can be connected to the system with eSATA, or mini SAS cables and accommodate up to eight 2.5-inch HDDs/SSDs.

There are two models. The R1825SN-2MS allows the attaching of up to eight 2.5-inch SATA hard drives or SSDs with 9-9.5 mm maximum drive height to a computer via two external mini SAS cables. The R1825SN-8ES attaches to the computer via eight eSATA cables.

Drives, which will appear as eight independent drives when attached to any system, can be hot swapped...

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Jun 17
Steinway virtual piano plug-in collection now available on flash...

Sound Magic has announced that Mega Steinway Special Edition — a collection of piano plug-ins based on Steinway pianos — is now available on a flash drive.

Mega Steinway Special Edition is available as a custom flash drive featuring eight next-generation modeled virtual piano plug-ins (VST and AU 32- and 64-bit, as well as AAX 64-bit for Mac OS X and Windows) for $399. You can buy it here (http://tinyurl.com/jo67at4).

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Jun 16
Ableton and Skinnerbox release update for Time & Timbre

Ableton and the electronic duo Skinnerbox have released a major update for Time & Timbre, the rhythm engine and drum synthesis instrument for Live. Available to buy now, or free for existing Time & Timbre owners, the revamped Max for Live toolkit lets you use the engine’s unique rhythm and swing capabilities throughout your music-making process.

Time & Timbre has been a tool for Live users since its release in 2014. Its five versatile drum synth modules and polymetric groove engine can add ipolyrhythms, swing and subtle variations to drum productions.

Now added to the Pack are a collection of devices that bring a wealth of rhythmic possibilities. Control any MIDI parameter with groove-induced modulations; spark a ton of ideas for leads and basslines, or create rhythmic delays with off-the-grid echoes that fit alongside your offbeat drums.

For owners of the new Push, Time & Timbre can take over Push’s sequencer with a completely customized layout...

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Jun 16
Life is Strange now out on the Mac App Store

Life is Strange is now available on the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/life-is-strange/id1090369664?mt=12). It requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $4.99.

Life is Strange is a five-part adventure that explores complex issues withstory-based choice and consequences. It explores real world issues with a different take on story-based choice and consequences.

In the game, you find your way as Max, a teenager struggling to follow the road less travelled and make her mark on the world. You can rewind time to change your choices in a story that twists and turns along different paths towards different endings. Life is Strange offers hand-painted visuals and an indie soundtrack.

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Jun 16
Qt Company releases Qt 5.7 with a New Qt 3D Module

The Qt Company has released Qt 5.7, the latest version of its cross-platform application and user interface (UI) development framework.

It offers UI creation, including a new Qt 3D module, as well as new ways to create modern touch-based UIs with Qt Quick Controls 2 and Qt Quick Designer. Qt 5.7 follows the evolution of modern C++, leveraging C++11 in Qt APIs. Qt is the framework for all C++ development and allows developers to harness the power of C++ with the convenience of high-level Qt libraries.

Also, a new “start up” license has also been announced that will help support small businesses who are seeking to utilize Qt in commercial desktop and mobile applications. Details on the new licensing release are available here (http://tinyurl.com/z5c4tla).

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Jun 16
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports InCopy Workflow

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.55, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and  preflighting from InDesign. The software offers an array of time saving options such batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, variable file names, multi-format output and much more. The new version now fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents.

Output Factory 1.5.55 can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95. There’s a “lite” version for $120 and a server version for $700, as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Jun 15
PDF Studio for macOS revved to version 11

Qoppa Software has launched PDF Studio 11 (http://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudio/), an update to their PDF editing application for macOS X.

The tool creates PDF documents that are compliant with the Adobe PDF specifications. Version 11 introduces a brand new OCR engine, and adds a number of new features including Spell Check, Non-Latin OCR Languages, Output Preview, and Enhanced Print Dialog.

PDF Studio Standard costs $89, and the Pro version is $129. A demo is available for download.

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Jun 15
AKVIS Pastel 2.0 for macOS adds new enhanced pastel effect

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Pastel 2.0 for macOS and Windows. The app allows you to transform your photos into pastel pieces.

The new version provides an enhanced pastel effect with new settings and features. It also offers a completely redesigned interface, support for Ultra HD resolution, new decoration effects and stylish frames, as well as other changes.

On the Mac platform, AKVIS Pastel requires mac OS 10.6 or higher. It costs $49.

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Jun 15
TopXNotes 1.8.2 for macOS provides performance enhancements

Tropical Software today announces TopXNotes 1.8.2, an update to their award-winning, full-featured personal information manager developed exclusively for macOS.

With TopXNotes, you drag and drop to create notes from any other text application or drag to import text and/or RTF documents. Once the information is created, TopXNotes' category system can be used to create categories that meet your needs or file them in folder-like groups. Version 1.8.2 provides performance enhancements and bug fixes.

TopXNotes 1.8.2 is available for $39.95 from the Tropical Software website (http://www.tropic4.com/topxnotes.html), the Mac App Store, Amazon, and other select Mac software resellers. It's a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5 or later. Existing customers with an older version (before 1.5) can upgrade to version 1.8.2 for $19.95 from the Tropical...

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Jun 15
Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution available for...

CS Odessa has released the Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It allows users of ConceptDraw Pro to better describe and manage work scenarios by using the business process workflow methodology.

New libraries and samples make it easier to describe the steps related to this popular workflow process. The Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution retails for $49.

ConceptDraw Pro has the ability to exchange documents with Microsoft Visio. It can open and save documents that can be used by Visio users. It’s supported by the business solutions located in ConceptDraw Solution Park, and retails for $199 per end user license.

ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, ConceptDraw Pro 10, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park with more than 150 Solutions. It retails for $499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa (www....

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Jun 15
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Activator Plug-In 4.0

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 11. The updated cross platform plug-in runs natively in FileMaker Pro 15 and now serves as image upload server.

The Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version of Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/activatorplugin.html).

Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 works with FileMaker Pro 12 and higher. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12 and higher. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and Windows 7-10.

Licenses cost $89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on at the Troi Automatisering web site.

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Jun 15
DRM Converter for macOS X upgraded to version 4.9.3

AppleMacSoft (www.applemacsoft.com) has upgraded DRM Converter for Mac OS X to version 4.9.3.

It's an app for removing DRM from Apple Music, protected audio files and old iTunes M4P songs. It makes it possible to save them in MP3, M4A, or other audio formats that is playable on either your local computer or your music players. The new version fully compatible with the latest versions of macOS and iTunes. It also supports new Apple Music, audiobook files and much more.

DRM Converter for Mac requires macOS 10.6 or higher. It costs $39.95 and is available from the AppleMacSoft website. A demo version is available for download.

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Jun 15
Folx 5.0 for macOS features revised interface

Eltima Software has announced Folx 5.0, an update of the download manager for macOS. It's available in free and paid-for versions.

Version 5.0 features a revised interface with lots of newly added features, including improvements to overall downloading process and its management. Retina displays and the latest macOS versions are supported.

The free version of Folx offers downloaded files organization, fast search for downloaded files, and more. Folx Pro costs $19.95 and provides such features as: splitting the downloads in up to 10 threads for faster downloading; scheduling the download tasks; automatic speed adjustment for equal Internet traffic allocation; sending the downloaded videos and music directly to iTunes playlists. For more info go to http://mac.eltima.com/ .

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Jun 14
AAS rolls out a NKS-ready version of the Lounge Lizard EP-4...

Applied Acoustics Systems says its Lounge Lizard EP-4 electric piano (http://tinyurl.com/j5z5fw5) now supports Native Instrument's NKS extended plug-in format.

NKS brings interaction between Lounge Lizard EP-4 and KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware. Lounge Lizard EP-4's key parameters have been mapped in order to provide optimal tactile control of its physical modeling engine, according to Eric Thibeault, marketing director at Applied Acoustics Systems. What’smore, Lounge Lizard EP-4's entire factory preset library now appears in the tag-based browsers of the MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL software.


This new NKS version of Lounge Lizard EP-4 is free to registered users. To mark this release, until June 27, Lounge Lizard EP-4 is offered at a price of $99 (a 50% discount) to new users.

Lounge Lizard EP-4 runs on both macOS and Windows in 32- and 64-bit host...

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Jun 14
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.1 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to change the umber of Recent Places in the Open and Save dialogs. It also provides improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure.

Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will...

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Jun 14
Parallels celebrates 10 years of Parallels Desktop for Mac

Parallels has announced that June 14-21 it will celebrate 10 years of innovations and industry firsts in Parallels Desktop for Mac. The online celebration (http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/) will highlight a decade of features that allow you to run any application – on Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10, Chrome, Linux and Android – on a Mac.
 
Now through June 21at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), Parallels Desktop or Mac 9 and 10 customers and new customers can save 25% off of the recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac and Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition. The RRP of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is $79.99. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for Mac customers are $49.99, with an introductory offer to upgrade to a Pro Edition subscription for $49.99 per year.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition is available to new...

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Jun 14
Soundness announces SoundSoap Solo for macOS

Soundness has announced SoundSoap Solo, a new desktop edition of its audio cleaning software for macOS and Windows
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The app was developed specifically to help remove unwanted hiss and background noises, electrical hum, rumble, and low volume in media files, without requiring any audio expertise. It’s designed for anyone creating videos, action camera footage, screencasts, podcasts, music, or dialogue.

SoundSoap Solo requires macOS10.9 or later. It reads all major audio and video file formats, including QuickTime, H.264, CAF, MP4, MP3, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. SoundSoap Solo includes the standalone application and costs $79. It’s available from Soundness online (http://www.soundness-llc.com).

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Jun 13
Apple launches free Swift Playgrounds app for the iPad

Apple has introduced Swift Playgrounds, a new iPad app designed to make learning to code fun and easy for anyone.

It brings coding to life with an interactive interface that encourages students and beginners to explore working with Swift, the programming language from Apple. Swift Playgrounds includes Apple-developed programming lessons where students write code to guide onscreen characters through an immersive graphical world, solving puzzles and mastering challenges as they learn core coding concepts. The app also features built-in templates to encourage users to express their creativity and create real programs that can be shared with friends using Mail or Messages or even posted to the web.

“I wish Swift Playgrounds was around when I was first learning to code,” says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Swift Playgrounds is the only app of its kind that is both easy enough for students and beginners, yet powerful enough to...

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Jun 13
iOS 10 packs new Home app, updates to Messages & Apple Music

Apple today previewed iOS 10, which it says is the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects.

iOS 10 introduces the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app, delivering a way to manage home automation products in one place. iOS 10 opens up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages, says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

“iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy,” he adds.

Messages is the most frequently used iOS app, and with...

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Jun 13
WWDC: Apple previews watchOS 3

Apple has previewed watchOS 3, promising “significantly” improved performance with the ability to launch favorite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities for Apple Watch.

Available this fall, this software update introduces the Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.

“Apple Watch is the ultimate companion for a healthy life and with watchOS 3, there’s now even more to love,” says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Favorite apps launch instantly and are simple to access, and the breakthrough new fitness and health features like the Breathe app make it feel like a whole new watch.”

It is easier and faster than ever to perform common tasks with watchOS 3,...

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Jun 13
Apple previews major update with macOS Sierra

Apple has previewed macOS Sierra, a major update to the desktop operating system. Siri is now on the Mac with brand-new capabilities to help with the things users do every day on their desktop.

With Siri, users can look up information, find documents, pin or drag and drop search results, and even adjust system preferences. Integration with iCloud makes everything from your Desktop and Documents folder available on your iPhone and iPad so you always have access to the files you need.

Universal Clipboard allows you to copy content, including text, images, photos and video from one Apple device and paste it in another. Apple Pay comes to the Mac in Sierra so it’s even easier to shop securely and privately online. And Photos now helps you rediscover your meaningful memories, organize your library and perfect shots like a pro.

“macOS Sierra is a major update that makes your Mac smarter and more helpful than ever with improvements to the apps you know and love and...

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